CHICAGO, March 29, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Chicago Tribune is pleased to announce that columnist Dahleen Glanton has been recognized as the recipient of the 2018 American Society of News Editors Mike Royko Award for Commentary/Column Writing. One of the most significant awards in U.S. journalism, the ASNE Mike Royko Award recognizes "excellence in writing by an individual that expresses a personal point of view."
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Said the ASNE judges, "Dahleen Glanton writes with thunderous passion and uncommon clarity about the issue that affects Chicago worst and most: violence, too often by and against the young, spawned by the hopelessness of the city's high-poverty neighborhoods. Her empathy for the underdog and her ability to put voice to unpleasant truths are infused in every sentence she writes."

Glanton was a finalist in 2017 for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. A graduate of the University of Georgia, she joined the Tribune in 1989 after working for the Los Angeles Times.

"Dahleen writes with heart and fearlessness, and it's wonderful to see her earn one of the highest honors in journalism," said Tribune Publisher and Editor-in-Chief Bruce Dold. "It's particularly exciting to see her win an award that honors a Chicago legend, Mike Royko."

The Chicago Tribune has sponsored the award since 2013 in memory of Royko, who died in 1997. Royko wrote columns for nearly 34 years at the Chicago Daily News, the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune

Yvonne Abraham of The Boston Globe and Petula Dvorak of The Washington Post were finalists for the commentary award.

The Tribune's Patricia Callahan was a finalist for the ASNE Frank A. Blethen Award for Local Accountability Reporting for her series " Doomed by Delay", examining how Illinois bureaucracy robbed parents of a chance to save their children from a deadly disease.

Carolyn Lumsden, opinion editor for the Hartford Courant, which is also owned by the Tribune's parent company tronc, Inc., was a finalist for the Burl Osborne Award for Editorial Leadership.

The Chicago Tribune recently received 11 first place awards, including top honors in public service and best website, from the 2017 Illinois Associated Press Media Editors newspaper contest.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing 1,400 newspapers and 5,000 broadcast stations in the United States.

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About the American Society of News EditorsThe  American Society of News Editors focuses on leadership development and journalism-related issues. Founded in 1922 as a nonprofit professional organization, ASNE promotes fair, principled journalism; defends and protects First Amendment rights; and fights for freedom of information and open government. Leadership, innovation, diversity and inclusion in coverage and the journalism workforce, opinion journalism, news literacy and the sharing of ideas are also key ASNE initiatives. 

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